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Key Votes

Jim Merritt, Jr.'s Voting Records

Full Name: James 'Jim' W. Merritt, Jr.
Office: State Senate (IN) - District 31, Republican Majority Caucus Chair
First Elected: 11/06/1990
Last Elected: 11/02/2010
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State Senate - District 31
Primary May 6, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Kelley; 3 Children: Abby, Jennifer, Will
Birth Date: 07/28/1959
Birth Place: Indianapolis, IN
Home City: Indianapolis, IN
Religion: Protestant

Indiana Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
April 19, 2011 SB 575 Collective Bargaining for School Employees Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(30 - 19)
Yea
April 18, 2011 S. Amdt. 5 State Appropriations and Abortion Facilities Amendment Adopted - Senate
(36 - 13)
Yea
April 12, 2011 HB 1002 Charter School Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 20)
Yea
Feb. 22, 2011 SB 1 Evaluating and Licensing of Teachers Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 20)
Yea
Feb. 22, 2011 SB 192 Authorizing a Study of Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 21)
Nay
Feb. 17, 2011 SB 575 Collective Bargaining for School Employees Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 19)
Yea
Jan. 25, 2011 SB 47 Gambling Expansion Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 15)
Yea
March 4, 2010 HB 1065 Authorizing Firearms at Workplace Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(41 - 9)
Yea
March 1, 2010 SB 75 Legalizing Alcohol Sales on Election Day Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(28 - 17)
Yea
Feb. 23, 2010 HB 1367 Education Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 19)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2010 SB 150 School Year Beginning and Ending Limitations Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 19)
Nay
Jan. 28, 2010 SJR 13 Defining Marriage as Being Between One Man and One Woman Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(38 - 10)
Yea
Jan. 12, 2010 SB 23 Unemployment Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 17)
Yea
Jan. 12, 2010 SJR 1 Constitutional Property Tax Cap Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(35 - 15)
Yea
Jan. 11, 2010 SB 313 Allowing Renewable Energy Generation Credits Senate Sponsor
June 30, 2009 HB 1001 2010 Budget Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(34 - 16)
Yea
April 29, 2009 HB 1491 St. Joseph Superior Court Judges Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(32 - 18)
Yea
April 15, 2009 HB 1604 Authorizing Local Tax Increases to Fund Sports and Convention Facilities Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 17)
Yea
April 15, 2009 HB 1607 West Lake Commuter Rail Project Bill Passed - Senate
(43 - 7)
Yea
March 24, 2009 HB 1379 Unemployment Benefit Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 20)
Yea
Feb. 24, 2009 SB 512 Eliminating Township Boards in Counties Without a Consolidated City Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 22)
Yea
Feb. 10, 2009 SB 90 Pre-Abortion Notification Requirement Bill Passed - Senate
(39 - 11)
Yea
Feb. 9, 2009 SJR 1 Constitutional Property Tax Cap Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(34 - 16)
Yea
March 14, 2008 HB 1001 Property Tax Reduction Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(41 - 6)
Yea
March 14, 2008 SJR 1 Constitutional Property Tax Cap Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(40 - 7)
Yea
Feb. 27, 2008 HB 1153 Low-Stakes Gambling Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 21)
Nay
Feb. 27, 2008 HB 1210 Teacher Certification Bill Passed - Senate
(27 - 20)
Nay
Feb. 26, 2008 HB 1001 Property Tax Reduction Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 14)
Yea
Feb. 25, 2008 Amnd. 17 Elimination of Township Assessors Amendment Rejected - Senate
(23 - 23)
Yea
Feb. 25, 2008 Amnd. 19 Referendum on Township Assessors Amendment Rejected - Senate
(24 - 20)
Nay
Jan. 29, 2008 SB 143 Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Bill Passed - Senate
(35 - 13)
Yea
Jan. 29, 2008 SB 146 Pre-Abortion Notification Requirement Bill Passed - Senate
(39 - 9)
Yea
Jan. 29, 2008 SB 16 Change in Township Assessment Bill Passed - Senate
(29 - 18)
Yea
Jan. 29, 2008 SB 3 Authorizing Physicians to Refuse Prescriptions Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 18)
Yea
Jan. 29, 2008 SB 335 Immigration Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(37 - 11)
Yea
Jan. 29, 2008 SJR 1 Constitutional Property Tax Cap Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(41 - 7)
Yea
Jan. 29, 2008 SJR 7 Definition of Marriage Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(39 - 9)
Yea
Jan. 24, 2008 SB 3 Authorizing Physicians to Refuse Prescriptions Bill Failed - Senate
(24 - 24)
Yea
Jan. 22, 2008 SB 18 Allowing Referendum on Public Construction Projects Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 16)
Yea
Nov. 20, 2007 SB 16 Change in Township Assessment House Co-sponsor
April 29, 2007 HB 1001 Operating Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(41 - 9)
Yea
April 29, 2007 HB 1510 Charity Gambling and Illegal Gambling Enforcement Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(41 - 9)
Yea
April 29, 2007 HB 1678 Employer Health Insurance Plans Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(37 - 13)
Yea
April 29, 2007 HB 1835 Slot Machines at Race Tracks Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(33 - 17)
Yea
April 11, 2007 HB 1001 Operating Budget Bill Passed - Senate
(36 - 13)
Yea
April 11, 2007 HB 1478 Property Tax Reduction Bill Passed - Senate
(44 - 5)
Yea
April 11, 2007 HB 1510 Charity Gambling and Illegal Gambling Enforcement Bill Passed - Senate
(38 - 11)
Yea
March 29, 2007 HB 1835 Slot Machines at Race Tracks Bill Passed - Senate
(27 - 21)
Nay
March 22, 2007 HB 1237 Seat Belt Requirement Bill Passed - Senate
(28 - 17)
Yea
Feb. 27, 2007 SB 401 Legislator Salary Adjustment Bill Passed - Senate
(39 - 9)
Yea

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